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The 7 Stages of Pain that Lead to Breakthrough Success

Everyone dreams of success, and most want to have it in the quickest timeframe and by taking the easiest path. But success rarely, if ever, works in that linear fashion. We go through typical stages of pain in hardship to achieve ultimate success, and the rewards from doing so are so much higher when you do.

John R. Miles explains why you must endure pain to achieve success and the seven stages we cross in doing so. Through these stages, you learn to overcome adversity and achieve breakout results.

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Pain is the path to success. Yet most people want success in life without going through the hurdles we must face to achieve it.

John R. Miles

On This Week’s Passion Struck Podcast, John R. Miles Discusses the Seven Stages of Pain That Lead to Breakthrough Success

  • Why most people just want to achieve success in life without any hardship or hurdles that must be crossed along the way.
  • Why you acknowledge your achievements more when you encounter pain and overcome it to achieve success.
  • The Seven Stages of Pain to Achieve Breakthrough Success
    • Self-Doubt
    • The temptation to give up
    • Facing failure
    • Accepting responsibility
    • Embracing rejection
    • Enduring Criticism
    • Encountering Discouragement
  • How you can apply these stages to your growth journey and unlock success in your life.
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  • 0:00 Show Introduction
  • 1:36 4x4x48 Challenge
  • 4:55 Introducing the 7 stages of pain
  • 7:05 Self-Doubt 8:20 Temptation to give up
  • 10:41 Facing failure
  • 12:21 Accepting responsibility
  • 13:51 Embracing rejection
  • 15:37 Enduring criticism
  • 17:01 Encountering discouragement
  • 18:10 Applying the lesson to your life

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About John R. Miles

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John R. Miles is a globally recognized high-performance coach, life and business strategist, military veteran, and one of the most-watched quoted and followed personal growth trainers globally. John is a highly sought-after speaker, coach, author and makes frequent media appearances to discuss how to live intentionally by being our authentic self! He is passionate about being the catalyst who helps individuals expand into the most excellent version of themselves, unlocking the most legendary life possible.


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